Throwing a party comes naturally to some apartment dwellers, and it keeps other people up nights wondering about how they might ever pull it off without a major catastrophe. If you’re in the latter category, you don’t have to swear off entertaining completely, even if you don’t feel like you can pull something off that would amaze your guests. Here are a few ways that you can create a fun and entertaining event for your friends even if you have no prior experience in entertaining.
Before You Plan, Aim to Keep Everything Simple
Throwing a complicated party can cost a lot of money, and it can create a lot of stress, too, if anything goes wrong during the event. Fortunately, throwing a simple party is pretty easy, especially when you solicit help from a local caterer or any restaurant that offers delivery.
Entertainment maven Martha Stewart advises answering these questions as you plan your gathering:
- Establish the basics.
- The guest list.
- Choosing the date.
- Determine the location.
- What type of party will you throw?
- Set your budget.
- Music and entertainment.
While it may seem like a long list of questions to answer, you can usually get answers with just a few seconds of thinking. Figuring out the guest list might take about ten minutes, but you should be able to figure out the location, date, and budget without much effort.
Martha also recommends enlisting help from friends:
“A great hostess doesn’t have to do it all on her own, so why not enlist the help of a few family members or guests by asking them to help with the grill, set up the buffet, or organize the drink station? Make introductions, mingle, and then enjoy the party!”
If you’ve never thrown a true party and you’ve only ever invited friends over for pizza and the “big game,” don’t assume you need to create some insanely complex event. Just dial it up a notch and go a little further than pizza and sports.
Use the Kitchen as a Meeting Place
You can use your entire apartment for entertaining, and while you may not want guests wandering through your bedroom, you should consider letting your guests saunter around the kitchen during your party. Not only can the kitchen offer more counter space for your appetizers or dishes, but it can also allow you to invite more people to your home without stuffing everyone into a single room like the living room.
Your placement of dishes in the kitchen can even influence how your guests act while they’re in your home. Advice from Real Simple suggests:
“Give over the far end of your work zone (kitchen counter or island) to appetizers, so people know exactly where they can linger without being too in-your-face.”
Even if you’re still prepping food when your guests arrive or you’re using the kitchen to put the final touches on your dishes, you can still invite guests into the space. They can even help you carry dishes out to the living room each time another appetizer is ready to head out for consumption.
Still Waters of Austin is a Great Place to Entertain
When you choose to live at Still Waters at Southpark Meadows, you enter a lifestyle that affords you the luxuries and conveniences of apartment life alongside the excellent location of South Austin. Our apartment community is an ideal destination whether you love the peace and quiet of a good book and your favorite armchair, or you adore seeing your friends come over for drinks, food, and fun. Get in touch today to arrange a tour of our Austin apartment community.